Join a cohort of dedicated conservationists, citizen scientists and volunteers as we work to protect water, wildlife and wild places. From litter sweeps to workshops on scientific and social topics, there are ways for everyone to get involved in your community and beyond.

Upcoming Events

Charleston Green Drinks: Green Social

Thursday, February 8, 6–8 p.m. | 289 Huger Street, Charleston
Meet and socialize with local conservation organizations at Palmetto Brewing Company. Enjoy informal conversations and check out the action board for ways to get involved.
Learn more HERE.

Isle of Palms Beach Sweep

Monday, February 12, 4:30–5:30 p.m. | 1100 Block Ocean Blvd, Isle of Palms
Dress for wintery weather and join us with Isle of Palms Cleanup Crew for this pre-Valentine’s Day sunset beach sweep. Sign in and pick up supplies at the public beach walkover where we will provide instructions for volunteers to participate in a litter sweep with data collection. No advance registration is required.

Kiawah Island Sweep

Saturday, February 17, 9–11 a.m. | 876 Kiawah Island Parkway, Kiawah Island
Kiawah Conservancy and South Carolina Aquarium are hosting monthly litter sweeps at Mingo Point. Volunteers will choose a sweep location on the island, disperse for their cleanup and then return to drop off supplies and share their impact. Get involved to keep litter and plastic pollution from entering our environment.
Sign up for sweep reminders HERE.

Conestee Cleanup in Greenville

Saturday, February 24, 9–11 a.m. | 840 Mauldin Road, Greenville
Enjoy the stunning Conestee Nature Preserve and help keep it that way by removing litter and plastic pollution from the watershed! Meet staff and volunteers from Conestee Nature Preserve, Keep Greenville Beautiful and the South Carolina Aquarium before heading out on the trail. All supplies and instructions will be provided to conduct a litter sweep with data collection.
Learn more HERE.

Toby the Turtle Post-Festival Sweep

Sunday, February 25, 1–2 p.m. | 101 West Arctic Avenue, Folly Beach
Join us and Toby the Turtle to clean up Folly Beach’s streets and waterfront the day after the Sand and Sea Festival! Meet in front of 101 West Arctic Avenue to sign in, pick up supplies and then sweep the business district roadsides. All supplies will be provided. No advance registration required.
Learn more HERE.

Cherry Point Boat Landing Sweep

Sunday, February 25, 2–3:30 p.m. | Cherry Point Road, Wadmalaw Island
Bring the whole family to this beautifully located litter sweep hosted by Keep Wadmalaw Beautiful and the South Carolina Aquarium. Be sure to bring a reusable water bottle and dress for the weather (with shoes you don’t mind getting a little bit dirty! The Cherry Point Boat Landing is tucked away at the end of Boat Landing Alley (off Cherry Point Rd) and is where we will gather before spreading out to remove litter from the marsh, road and parking areas. All supplies and instructions will be provided to conduct a litter sweep with data collection.
Learn more HERE.

Meet the Farmers – Oyster and Wine Tasting at Boathouse at Breach Inlet

Sunday, February 25, 6 p.m. | 101 Palm Blvd, Isle of Palms
Meet the farmers from Sea Island Oyster Co., Charleston Oyster Company and Lowcountry Oyster Co. and learn about South Carolina Aquarium Good Catch at this oyster tasting at Boathouse at Breach Inlet. Tickets include a variety of raw oysters, with a wine pairing, at their community style table seating.
Learn more HERE.

Conservation in Action

  1. Capers Island Cleanup Excursion
  2. Chicora Changers Beach Sweep at Isle of Palms
  3. Tidal Creek Excavation with SCDNR SCORE
  4. Folly Beach Litter Sweep Event
  5. King Tide Flooding Measurement at SeaRise Sign in Charleston
  6. Marsh Grass Planting in Maryville
  7. Shem Creek Litter Sweep with J. B. Edwards Elementary
  8. Saltmarsh Sweep with Charleston Waterkeeper
  9. MLK Day of Service Litter Sweep and Food Drive
  10. Liberty Square Litter Sweep
A woman crouching above a large piece of trash logs debris data into the Litter-Free Digital Journal during a litter sweep with the South Carolina Aquarium

Your Data Matters!

Want to be a true citizen scientist? Litter data is critical in identifying the most problematic debris and can be a powerful tool in helping to develop solutions for reducing trash. We encourage litter sweep participants to log the items they pick up from land and water. Help be part of the solution by using the Litter Journal, a project in the South Carolina Aquarium Citizen Science app, when you sweep in your community.

The South Carolina Aquarium Citizen Science app is available in the App Store and on Google Play.

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